Disability and SpLD

Disability covers a broad range of conditions, not all of which are visually apparent. In order to support you at university, our services are designed to take any kind of disability into account.

What We can Offer

We aim to provide a supportive environment that allows all individuals to flourish, and actively encourage applications from disabled people. We are committed to widening participation and provide a range of services to enable those with disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) to access their chosen course. To accomplish this, we offer:

We are mindful of the on-going external changes to funding such as DSA which will be increasing the level of adjustments required to promote accessibility to courses and premises. Please see our university Disability Baseline Statement detailing our current level of anticipatory reasonable adjustments. This document will be updated on an annual basis.

Some students make a special declaration that establishes their need for accessibility provision. But lots of us find that, from time to time, we need some help with accessibility to equipment, hardware or software. The university provides a variety of assistive software and has collated over 100 free accessibility apps for anyone to use, and also provides specialist hardware on each campus such as larger keyboards and mice, and adjustable height desks.

Applying to Study at the University of Cumbria

You are encouraged to declare your disability/SpLD on your UCAS application (Further information on this can be found here). When you declare these details on your UCAS form, they will be forwarded to our disability and SpLD support team who will contact you via e-mail. You may also provide further details directly to us using the attached form: Disability Questionnaire. Please return the completed form to disabilitysouth@cumbria.ac.uk.

All of our recruitment activities (such as open days and interview days) take place in fully accessible buildings. If you are required to take literacy tests as part of an interview day, extra time will be available on the day subject to evidence of your disability. Those attending on an applicant day will have access to a specialist adviser to provide assistance.

If you require any other adjustments, such as a reader for a test or a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, please contact us. All we require is a description of your needs and the date, time, type of event and the campus you will be attending. We will need at least 10 working days’ notice in order to discuss your needs and arrange support.

Attending a Recruitment Event (Open days and interview days)

If you require any other adjustments, such as a reader for a test or a British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter please contact us at disabilitysouth@cumbria.ac.uk. Include the following details: a description of your needs, the date(s) and time(s), the type of event and campus you will be attending. We will need at least 10 working days’ notice in order to discuss your needs and arrange support.

Holding an offer and attending an Applicant day?

The service has a specialist adviser available for you to see on these days.

Discussing Support for your Course

A Pre Entry Support Options Meeting is available with a specialist adviser to explore how the various services available will support your individual needs on your course. We will discuss individual adjustments that you may require due to your disability. The meeting can be arranged via telephone, Skype, email or face to face and are sometimes available on the same day as the recruitment event you are attending.

In advance of your appointment, we ask you to complete a disability/SpLD questionnaire and send it to us along with any evidence you may have. If you have already accepted a place and not yet informed us of your disability, please use the questionnaire to inform us of your needs and let us know you are coming so that we can prepare for your arrival.

Accepted a place and not yet contacted us to inform us of your disability?

Please use the Disability Questionnaire to inform us of your needs and let us know you are coming so that we can prepare for you arrival.

Professional and Vocational Courses

We will provide reasonable adjustments in relation to assessment methods, learning and teaching provision, allowing you to demonstrate the required skills and/or meeting specific learning outcomes. Please note that these courses include professional competencies and/or vocational learning outcomes, therefore we may be unable to make adjustments for these requirements.

You are strongly advised to research your chosen profession and to read course information in relation to the learning outcomes in order to ensure that you are aware of any specific requirements. Individual tailored guidance is available to discuss adjustments in supporting your professional and academic development within a pre-entry support options meeting.

University Residential Accommodation

The university has a range of adapted accommodation such as a fully accessible ground floor room for wheelchair users, a room with a visual fire alarm for deaf/hearing impaired students and special medication fridges. Contact the Accommodation service for more details.


If you do have any further questions, feel free to get in touch with the LiSS department. Click here to find telephone numbers for each of our sites, or alternatively send us an email.